The VISTA Centre | Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity | University of Birmingham | Edgbaston | Birmingham B15 2TT | UK
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The Eton Myers Collection Virtual Museum Project is an ongoing research area, originally funded by JISC, enabling access to the collection via the Internet. The principal aim of the project was to facilitate wide access to the Eton Myers Collection through the high-resolution laser scanning of a number of the objects (chosen on the basis of fragility and display quality) and providing access to downloadable 3D models (and raw data) of the objects linked to a complete catalogue database of the collection. This was to provide global access to the objects, and facilitate future research and teaching. The project builds upon the current establishment of the Virtual Worlds Laboratory and the creation of a physical museum for the collection in Birmingham. The project also aimed to significantly reduce the need for the future transportation of these artefacts, thus ensuring their long-term conservation. The results from the project have demonstrated the value of generating a 3D digital resource resulting in the intended eventual digitisation of the complete collection, in addition to the comparable digitisation of similar collections elsewhere. The resulting data has been curated at the University of Birmingham.
Sacred and Profane (an exhibition by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts) celebrates William Myers’ extraordinary bequest to Eton College and launches the University of Birmingham’s partnership with Eton College and Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Statuettes of mortals and gods, mummy masks, jewellery, pottery and papyri are displayed next to the Barber Institute’s own Egyptian collection of coins from Roman and Byzantine Alexandria. The exhibition is in collaboration with the University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law, and a 3D gallery with highlights of the Myers collection is being created by its Visual and Spatial Technology Centre (VISTA). The exhibition runs from 18th June 2010 to 18th January 2012 (http://www.barber.org.uk/sacred.html).
For further information and to view the 3D objects go to the Eton Myers Online Museum and search the database. 3D models of a proportion of the assemblage are available for download.
Gold Mut amulet 5cm x 1cm x 0.5cm